procreate

verb
pro·​cre·​ate | \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce procreate (audio) \
procreated; procreating

Definition of procreate

transitive verb

: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate

intransitive verb

: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce

Other Words from procreate

procreation \ ˌprō-​krē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ noun
procreative \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ adjective
procreator \ ˈprō-​krē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce procreate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of procreate in a Sentence

Animals have a natural instinct to procreate. the common perception that our Puritan forebears procreated more out of a sense of duty than from desire
Recent Examples on the Web As if his support for large families wasn’t evident enough, Musk encouraged his followers to procreate in a similar volume. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Today, around a third of attempts to procreate via IVF are successful, a rate that varies based on your condition. Halle Tecco, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2022 All this will help bring you back to the idea that your body belongs to you and is not just there to procreate. refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2022 In their offseason, the goats get to rest, recreate and procreate. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 The characters mustn’t just live and breathe but bicker and brood, create and procreate. Thelma Adams, Variety, 15 Jan. 2022 The Czech Republic started giving parents cash to procreate in the 2000s, and has seen more births over time. Jessica Hullinger, The Week, 13 July 2021 Single women, husbands, gay couples, as well as people found on any point of the gender spectrum, all have the choice to procreate — and the choice not to. Alex Williams, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Lasansky depicted the base instincts of human behavior—aggression, dominance, hunger, and a ruthless drive to procreate and survive. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of procreate

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for procreate

Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare, from pro- forth + creare to create — more at pro-, create

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The first known use of procreate was circa 1525

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3 Aug 2022

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“Procreate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procreate. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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procreate

verb
pro·​cre·​ate | \ ˈprō-krē-ˌāt How to pronounce procreate (audio) \
procreated; procreating

Medical Definition of procreate

transitive verb

: to beget or bring forth (offspring) : propagate

intransitive verb

: to beget or bring forth offspring : reproduce

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